The following statement is issued  by behalf of Mayor J. Max Davis

Science teacher wins national LifeChanger award

Sureka Taylor, a seventh-grade teacher at The Champion School, is surprised March 28 by an assembly in her honor.

Sureka Taylor, a seventh-grade science teacher at The Champion School in Stone Mountain, didn’t know what was going on when she was led into the school gym filled with cheering students March 28. She thought she was being honored for being the school’s recently named Teacher of the Year. But she was wrong. Instead, Taylor, […]

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Stephenson wins first battle over rival MLK

Stephenson took control of Region 6-AAAAA with a 7-3 win over rival M.L. King March 26. Photos by Carla Parker

The friendly rivalry between Martin Luther King Jr. High School and Stephenson High School goes beyond the football field. The two schools try to out-duel each other in every extracurricular activity and sport, including on the diamond. Both baseball teams sit at the top of the Region 6-AAAAA standings with the Stephenson Jaguars in first […]

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Mayor says the state of Decatur is ‘great’

Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett tells residents that the city’s state is great during his state of the city address March 25.

Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett told attendees of the Decatur Business Association during his state of the city address March 25 that Decatur is financially sound and building for the future. “We are building community,” Baskett said. “We are building infrastructure, and we are building people for a sustainable future, and we are doing it all […]

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Commissioner says he’s ‘doing double duty’


DeKalb County Super District 7 Commissioner Stan Watson said he doesn’t mind “doing double duty.” That’s how he described representing his super district and District 5, whose commissioner, Lee May, is currently the county’s interim CEO. May has been serving as interim DeKalb CEO since July 2013 after the governor appointed him to the position […]

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Dunwoody police try to break communication barriers with a new device

Communication device Dunwoody Police

  The Dunwoody Police Department is now equipped with the UbiDuo face-to-face communicator. This device provides additional services to residents who are deaf, hard of hearing and others with communication barriers or other challenges which make conversation difficult. “The machine is accurate and allows the person to type exactly what they want to say,” said Dunwoody […]

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Avondale Estates receives grant to repair historic gateway

This photo shows Carl’s Corner early in Avondale Estate’s existence, with the accompanying post on the north side of U.S. 278. Photo provided

Carl’s Corner, Avondale Estate’s historic gateway, is slated to get a facelift. The city has received a $9,270 grant from the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to rehabilitate the structure. Keri Stevens, Avondale Estate’s city planner and community development officer, said some residents were concerned about the archway’s condition. The […]

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Pigeon Forge offers abundance of options

The Wild Eagle ride at Dollywood. Photo provided

Those looking for a great family (and pet) -friendly destination that offers a multitude of options from water parks to fishing to hiking trails may want to consider Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Probably best known for the amusement parks owned by, and named after, country music superstar Dolly Parton, Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country are definitely […]

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Jazz in the night—popular Oakhurst series continues to grow


Edward McNally predicts that the Oakhurst Jazz Nights could attract as many as 500 concertgoers this year. “It keeps growing,” said McNally, coordinator for the event, which is now in its 10th season. “People don’t come just from Oakhurst or even just Decatur; they come from all over the metropolitan area and some even come […]

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